A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Holy wow, this book was amazing! I honestly didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I finished it yesterday (yes, it took me less than 2 full days...what of it? :P) and was pleasantly surprised. I think the best part about this book is that even though there is a sequel, everything was tied up nicely at the end, and I don't have to spend the next 2 years cursing Ransom Riggs for leaving me hanging. :)
Miss Peregrine's has a lot going for it. The writing is absolutely beautiful, for one thing. I found myself stopping and rereading phrases and passages, the way I do when something resonates with me and I want to remember it later. One such sentence: "Sometimes you just have to go through a door." Jacob was making a stormy exit after an argument, and even though he had to face the person moments later, he just needed to "go through a door" to feel better. I can so identify with that, and I thought it was wonderful. You'll have to hunt down other nuggets of gold yourself!
The photography aspect was awesome as well. Fun fact: if a book has pictures, I look at all of them before I start reading. I have no idea why, but it's a habit of mine. When I first received this book in the mail, I looked at all the photos several times. Sure, they were weird, but they didn't really have an effect on me at all. However, once I started reading, they got creepier and creepier, to the point where not only could I not read the book at night, I couldn't even have it sitting on my bedside table while I slept (I'm a bit of a wimp, and totally not ashamed to admit it). The haunting prose combined with these strange images made for one creeptastic story, and I ate it up.
I definitely recommend Miss Peregrine's to anyone who enjoys a good spook story. It's not about ghosts at all, but the atmosphere of the novel made me feel like it was. I enjoyed it immensely, and hope you will too.
For those who have read it, what did you think? And if you haven't picked it up yet, will you?